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Voices of SCAD

Experiencing a life-changing event such as a SCAD, has a huge impact on those who had the SCAD as well as their families and friends. Finding a lack of information about an uncommon and poorly understood condition can be difficult and may add to the strains of recovery. Reading others stories can be an enormous help.

DISCLAIMER: The stories posted are personal stories from people whose lives have been touched by SCAD and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of SCAD Research, Inc., as it is information provided by third parties. The information presented here and on the SCAD Research, Inc., website as whole is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice. If you have any complaints about any content, please email scadinfo@scadresearch.org so that we can address any concerns.

Am I a statistic?

June 20, 2019

March 19, 2019 – Like most stories here, the daily routine is normal until something just isn’t right. My morning routine starts with a cup of coffee and then 25 minutes on the rowing machine. This time I felt a pain in my chest which I thought was a pulled muscle until the pain spread […]

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Scad survivor mother of two

July 13th 2019 I decided to go to bed without a shower due to feeling so tired that night, I fell asleep within minutes however I kept waking up due to extreme thirst I could quench my thirst I must have woke up 4-5 times that night drinking huge glasses of water. The next day […]

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Grandparents day

I was in Big Bear alone in my cabin when I ran up the stairs and felt pressure. I called 911and paramedics took me to emergency where I went into full cardiac arrest. I was given t p a and helicoptered to Loma Linda hospital where I had a stent. That was 22 years ago. […]

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My SCAD event

May 31, 2019

To begin with I had a double mastectomy in February and was a couple of visits away from being through with the expansion process and then final surgery. However, on April 2 I was having really bad pain between my shoulder blades and tightness in my chest and shortness of breath. I really thought it […]

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14th may 2019 went to work as normal but just didn’t feel ok. I have lbbb had it for 20 years angina and Feb 2018 in kicked Afib oh fun. So when in May I was told about a scad I was confused. Seems I’ve added it to the list. Blessed though I am it’s […]

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The day my life changed

May 6, 2019

I am a 51 year old female. On 2 Nov 2018, I finished work and contacted a friend to take the dogs for a walk. I headed to my friends house in a nearby suburb. I was playing with my dog and felt an unusual sudden sensation in both my cheeks, I was rubbing my […]

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42 years old

April 16, 2019

happened when I was traveling, about 3 days ahead of the flight I felt pressure on my chest about couples hours a days, when I get into the plane during the flight for 5 hours I feel heavy and pressure on my chest the whole time, beside pressure on chest my heart rate and other […]

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SCAD survivor

March 29, 2019

October 25th was a normal morning. I got up to a quiet morning as usual. got ready for work and was just about to head out the door when I felt a heaviness in my chest. My first thought was gas. I started making myself burp to try to relieve the pressure. when that didn’t […]

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Recently diagnosed

March 24, 2019

I am morbid obesity. Seen a bariatric Doctor for possible surgery. After being told insurance would not cover and cost is $15,000, I was determined not to give up and started seeing a personal trainer the week of my 42nd Birthday, exercising 5-6 days a week for an hour each time. On Friday March 15th […]

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Our family’s tragic story.

March 17, 2019

On April 24th, 2016 my fiancee was sitting in our living room with our 4 kids while I made dinner. The children were ages 6, 4, 2, & we had brought our newborn daughter home 3 weeks earlier. All of a sudden my fiance started yelling at our 2 year old for jumping on her. […]

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